Gossip Galore: The Latest Transfer Buzz in World Football

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Gossip Galore: The Latest Transfer Buzz in World Football
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It is sad to see some players try to defy time and challenge their age to a point when people forget they even exist.

Let's face it; Gossip Galore knows that, not everyone, is Paolo Maldini.

After a career that is nothing short of brilliant, a marvelous goal tally in his peaking years, record-breaking transfers, making the headlines of journals and winning a place in the Italian national team, Christian Vieri has been released by Atlanta.

Now the 35-year-old has two choices; he can either retire or go to a retirement home-club in the form of AC Milan.

GG is sure that Milan's ironically long short-list should have a space for a good finisher. Does it get better than 187 goals in 345 league games?

According to various trusted sources, Milan want Real Madrid's Fabio Cannavaro, who is available to leave the Spanish capital for free this summer.

Accordingly, Milan's short-list might include Demetrio Albertini, Manuel Rui CostaGeorge Weah and they might go ahead and snatch Luis Figo from their city rivals, Inter.

Speaking of Inter, the Italian side is reportedly set for a €100 million revolution in the summer as Massimo Moratti looks to hand Jose Mourinho his cheque-book in an attempt to improve the Nerrazzuri's European Champions League performances.

Inter's overhaul will see them buy several top stars. The Italian champions should be interested in signing a playmaker to replace the fading Dejan Stankovic.

Inter will, however, want to offload some of their players. Maicon has been linked with Real Madrid, who is eager to welcome world-class stars in a bid to regain the Spanish and European crowns.

Julio Cruz and Luis Jimenez are reportedly ready to leave San Siro, while David Suazo looks certain to head to Atletico Madrid in the summer.

In England, Harry Redknapp looks to further strengthen his Tottenham squad. Redknapp is keen to sign Gabriel Heinze from Real Madrid.

GG thinks there's a good chance that Heinze moves to White Hart Lane-unless Manchester City show what it means to be the richest club in the world.

Speaking of Manchester City, GG's favorite club is reportedly willing to sell 12 of its first-team members in order to empty some spots for newcomers this summer.

Manchester City have been linked with a host of talents including Barcelona's Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi, Valencia's Davids Villa and Silva, and others.

However, City are most likely to end up landing the likes of Scott Parker, Jonathan Woodgate and Darren Bent.

Chelsea's Petr Cech is being linked with a summer move to Barcelona. The Catalan club may say farewell to their keeper, Victor Valdes, “that Spanish goalie who makes English goalkeepers look like they're reliable.”

Valdes' Barcelona future seems unclear after failing to agree on the terms of a contract extension and Barca find that the best replacement would be Chelsea's skull-fractured Cech.

Finally, The Sun reckons that Derby goalkeeper Roy Carroll, “that goalie who makes Valdes look like the best goalkeeper ever,” wants to quit the club in the summer after losing his place in the team to Stephen Bywater.

Remember when Carroll was the number one choice “keeper at Old Trafford” for a while?

It is such a great lesson to learn for every man who challenges his white hair and wrinkles and thinks of youth; a lesson for every footballer who looks to defy the power of time: "There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go," Tennessee Williams said, but hey, footballers can be coaches, right?

Breaking news: Alan Shearer will be installed as coach of Newcastle United and will stay until Joe Kinnear is cleared to return to coaching.

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